Eco Boats Amsterdam

Cruising the Amsterdam canals on King’s Day 2025

Would you like to rent a boat in Amsterdam on King’s Day? This year, the national festivities fall on Saturday 26 April 2025. Boating in Amsterdam during Kings Day is very popular. Therefore, boats are rented out quite early in the year. Rent a boat from Eco Boats Amsterdam now and be assured of a boat.

Please note: We are not celebrating King Willem Alexander’s birthday on April 27th, 2025, this year. It falls on April 26th, 2025, because otherwise it would be on a Sunday.

This is what you get when renting a boat on April 26 2025

At Eco Boats Amsterdam, you can choose from different boats to celebrate King’s Day on Amsterdam’s canals. All have a different capacity and rate. Read below what you get when renting a boat for King’s Day 2025.

Amstel boat

  • Private boat
  • Captain included
  • Space for 6 people
  • From 10:00 until 14:00
  • For only €450
  • Luxurious cushions

Prinsen boat

  • Private boat
  • Captain included
  • Space for 7 people
  • From 10:00 until 14:00
  • For only €450
  • There are storage compartments on the boat

Heren boat

  • Private boat
  • Captain included
  • Space for 9 people
  • From 10:00 until 14:00
  • For only €500
  • Luxurious cushions

Keizers boat

  • Private boat
  • Captain included
  • Space for 11 people
  • From 10:00 until 14:00
  • For only €500
  • There are storage compartments on the boat

The IJdok

  • Private boat
  • Including captain
  • Space for 30 people
  • From 11:00 am to 3:00 pm or from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm
  • €4000 fixed price
  • The price includes captain and open bar: beer, wine, soft drinks
  • Can be open or covered
  • Storage space for all your belongings
  • Luxurious cushions

King’s Day Canal Cruise Tickets

Buy a ticket for a 90-minute canal cruise through Amsterdam on King’s Day. Let us take you on a boat trip and discover the city from the canals, the best way to explore Amsterdam! Our local skippers know the most beautiful spots in the city and are happy to share them with you. We start from Amsterdam Central and sail along various landmarks. The route may vary each time. Examples of highlights you can expect are:

  • Canal Belt
  • Schreierstoren
  • Oosterdok
  • The Skinny Bridge
  • The Dancing Houses
  • The Amstel River


  • 90-minute canal cruise on King’s Day
  • Explanation from the skipper about the highlights
  • Local skipper
  • Open or covered boat (weather-dependent)
  • Guide in different languages with additional explanations

King’s Day boat hire including captain

We will provide you with your own private boat to cruise the Amsterdam canals with your friends and family. Everybody can enjoy the party because an experienced captain will accompany you to steer the boat.

Times and boat rental rates on King’s Day

You rent a small private boat on Kings Day in Amsterdam from 10:00 to 14:00. The captain is included in the price. If you want to rent a boat on King’s Day for a bigger group, rent the IJdok boat that has space for up to 30 people for €4000. You can rent the ijdock boat from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm or from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Bring your own food and drinks

There is plenty of space on our boats, as there are storage compartments under the seats. This allows you to bring all your belongings and store them safely while boating. We recommend bringing your own food and drinks when renting a boat on King’s Day Amsterdam. If you rent the ijdock boat, the drinks are included.


Please note that cancellation conditions do not apply on King’s Day. See the general terms and conditions for more information.

Celebrating King’s Day in Amsterdam

In the Netherlands, we annually celebrate the birthday of King Willem Alexander on April 27th. But this year it’s on April 26th because otherwise it’s on a sunday. And it’s not just any birthday, no, the entire country dresses in orange on this day and celebrates together. It is something wonderful to see and especially to experience. Especially if you celebrate King’s Day on the canals of Amsterdam. On this day, the canals are filled with boats. The atmosphere is unmatched and something you should definitely experience. Rent a boat in Amsterdam on King’s Day 2025 and make the most of this festive day! Be quick, because the boats are often rented out fast!

What to do on King’s Day in Amsterdam?

What’s going on in Amsterdam on April 26th 2025? There are many events and activities organized on this day, but the best one is renting a boat. Cruising through the canals on this festive day is a unique experience that you must have done at least once in your life. The best way to experience it all is from the water. You’ll have the best view of all the party boats, the people celebrating, the stalls and live music along the side and on the bridges. Taking a boat out in Amsterdam on King’s Day is ideal! You don’t have to walk through the entire city and you can easily get anywhere. It’s also very cozy and fun, because the canals are filled with party boats.

Amsterdam King’s Day tips

Are you planning on renting a boat in Amsterdam on the 26th of april 2025? Good plan! Read these tips for a great day on the Amsterdam Canals during this festive day.

  • Bring some drinks and snacks on board
  • Speaking of drinks, don’t forget to bring not only alcoholic beverages, but also soft drinks and water. It would be a shame if the party ended early!
  • Bring ice or a cool box to keep your drinks cool.
  • Check the weather forecast in advance, but also be prepared for other weather conditions. As we are used to in the Netherlands, the sun can shine in the morning, but later in the day it can get quite chilly or even rain. So take a poncho with you, just to be sure!
  • Do you want to be fully prepared for the weather on King’s Day? Then also bring an extra vest, sunglasses, sun block and something like a cap or hat. Don’t worry, we have plenty of room on our boats to store all your gear safely.
  • It can be a bit chilly on the water, so dress warm!

Have all our boats been rented out on King’s Day 2025?

Have all of our boats already been rented out, but would you still like to rent a boat in Amsterdam on April 26th 2025? Then please take a look at our sister company Canal Motorboats. They also offer very nice boats for a great price on this special day!

Other events in Amsterdam

Besides Kings Day, there are more events in Amsterdam. Think about Amsterdam Light Festival, Gay Pride or other fun events on the canals. You can also hire a boat on these days from Eco Boats Amsterdam. But also when there are no events, it’s still very special to cruise the Amsterdam Canals. We are open all year round.

Why do customers choose Eco Boats Amsterdam

How does it work?

Discover Amsterdam in a unique way with Eco Boats Amsterdam! Reserve your boat, choose a date and time, come to our rental, and sail through the canals! Fun on the water guaranteed!

  • Choose a boat, date and time
  • Place your reservation
  • Come to our boat rental
  • Sail through Amsterdam
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Where can you find us?

Have a question?

We offer three options:
  1. Rent an electric boat that you may sail yourself, no boating license required.
  2. Rent a private canal boat with a captain and space for 30 people, including additional packages like catering and open bar.
  3. Purchase a ticket for our classic canal cruise starting from Amsterdam Centre and cruise through Amsterdam Center in 1 hour.

We are open every day, all year round.
  • Monday: 10:00 - 22:00
  • Tuesday: 10:00 - 22:00
  • Wednesday: 10:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday: 10:00 - 22:00
  • Friday: 10:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday: 10:00 - 22:00
  • Sunday: 10:00 - 22:00

Certainly! You can hire a boat with us during various events, such as King's Day, Gay Pride, and the Amsterdam Light Festival. The rental usually starts 4 to 6 months in advance. So, make sure to book in advance to secure a boat.

Available boats

  • Small boats that you can sail yourself
  • Private canal boats with a captain and space for 30 people
  • Tickets for our public canal cruise

Do you need to sail yourself or is there a captain?

Please note: on King's Day, you always rent a boat with a captain. You can rent both the small boats and the large private canal cruise boat with space for 30 people. On other holidays/events, you are allowed to sail yourself.

Food and drinks

Regarding food and drinks on King's Day and Gay Pride: On the small boats where you are the captain, you may bring your own food and drinks. On the large boats (30-person boats), it's only allowed to bring your own food. We will arrange the drinks for you.

Certainly! You can hire a private large boat, including a captain and catering and/or activities. The IJdok boat accommodates 30 people, ensuring exclusivity for your group. Or you can rent multiple smaller boats that you can sail yourself. This means you are the captain. No boating licence needed! You can choose between different boats.  

In addition to the regular boat rental fee, we are obliged to charge tourist tax at €2.50 per person. This applies to all boat rentals in Amsterdam.

The rates vary per boat. We offer 4 different self-drive boats. You rent a boat for a minimum of 2 hours, and pay a low amount per hour for any additional time.

This depends on the boat. This way, you can choose which boats fits your needs.

When you rent a boat with us, you can go plastic fishing for free. We provide all the necessary equipment on board, including nets and garbage bags, allowing you to fish for plastic during your canal cruise. Not only is it a fun activity, but it's also environmentally friendly! Learn more about plastic fishing. This can be booked at no extra cost for both self-piloted boats and private canal cruises. It's important to notify us in advance. You can do this by including 'plastic fishing' in the comments when making a reservation.

You can rent a self-drive boat from us at two locations. Where you pick up the boat, you must also return the boat.
  • Location Centre: Zandhoek 22 1013 KT Amsterdam. Check the directions to this location.
  • Location East: Daniël Goedkoopstraat 11096 BD Amsterdam. Check the directions to this location.
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